By Jim Johnson

Aerosmith‘s chance meeting with President Obama on a Florida runway last Friday (October 28th) has turned into an inner-band political issue. Aerosmith’s plane was blocked from taking off due to the President and Air Force One awaiting take-off on the same Orlando, Florida runway. Eventually, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry were invited on the plane to meet Obama, who was in the state stumping for Hillary Clinton. Tyler tweeted the photo of the President and the “Toxic Twins,” stating: “No better way to finish a beautiful South American tour. From Aero Force One to Air Force One. . . the best Welcome Home ever.”

Joe Perry — a longtime republican — was equally thrilled with the meeting, telling, “We’re sittin’ on the runway, we’re lookin’ at Air Force One and we got out, took some pictures and the next thing you know, we’re on the plane being given a tour. This was the first time I’ve ever met a president, a seated president; it was pretty flipped out — and it was definitely worth the wait. It was one of those things where if we planned, something would’ve screwed up. But after a month in South America? Something like that? Hey — you know? The ‘Bad Boys from Boston’ you know? Steven and I have had some pretty cool adventures, but this one is right up there. . . It was pretty amazing to stand there in that conference room where so much has gone down over the years. Think about Colin Powell and all those guys. . .  (Henry) Kissinger and all them on that plane.”

  • Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer‘s tweets following the event showed that he definitely was not impressed by his bandmates posing with the President, writing initially: “This is not representative of Aerosmith!” reported: “A couple of Aerosmith’s Twitter followers quickly took issue with the rocker’s comment, tweeting that the drummer — who is also the founder of the Rockin’ & Roastin’ coffee brand — “(made) his politics clear” and adding: ‘I wonder what all his employees and customers think? #Aerosmith’ This led Kramer to reply in a series of tweets: ‘I didn’t make anything clear! I’m not saying who I support! I don’t support anyone speaking for me! Everyone has their right to their opinion it’s called democracy & I support that.”
  • After a back and forth on his Twitter feed between fans discussing whether or not Kramer’s comments were warranted, Kramer went on to post: “Exactly! This is why I had a problem w the pic on @Aerosmith I don’t want to be included in political banter.”
  • Joe Perry told us that ultimately, the thrill of what Aerosmith accomplished musically trumps all the problems that the band has endured due to drugs, women, management and ego issues: “It’s really the five of us, y’know, as a band. And it’s still exciting to walk out onstage with these guys. And that, I think, is the glue that keeps us coming back. Sometimes I ask that question myself, y’know, ‘Why am I still doin’ it?’ Well, when I walk out onstage in Moscow and everybody out there is singing words to songs that we wrote in the basement, or, y’know, in some studio somewhere. It’s nothin’ short of a miracle, y’know? And so we kind of have a lot of respect for that.”
  • Steven Tyler will next perform November 5th in Las Vegas at the PBR World Finals at T-Mobile Arena.

Joey Kramer on his issues with Aerosmith and Obama:


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